Minnesota Crookston falls to 0-2 on the season, while St. Cloud State improves to 2-0.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston football team showed off their big play ability Sat., Sept. 8 against St. Cloud State University, but they were unable to thwart the Huskies in a 44-14 loss. St. Cloud State came through with crucial plays on third downs and fourth down to overcome Minnesota Crookston despite only leading 20-7 at the break.

    Minnesota Crookston falls to 0-2 on the season, while St. Cloud State improves to 2-0.

    The Golden Eagles had 299 yards of offense, compared to St. Cloud State’s 509 yards. Minnesota Crookston was able to win the possession battle over the Huskies as they have continued to improve in that facet of the game, helping to keep the defense off the field. The passing game would guide the way for both teams as St. Cloud State had 333 yards through the air, compared to 239 for Minnesota Crookston.

Key Players
Minnesota Crookston
QB 5 Jalin Scott, 11-of-20, 169 yards, 1 INT
14 carries, 37 yards, 1 TD
QB 16 Tristan Robbins, 1-of-1, 70 yards, 1 TD
WR 83 Andy Groebner, 6 catches, 162 yards, 1 TD
WR 1 Rod Stewart, 3 catches, 42 yards, 0 TD
LB 48 Julian Jackson, 10 tackles
DB 25 Will Cole, 9 tackles
DL 68 Joe Warner, 5 tackles, 1 sack

    The Golden Eagle defense came up with a big defensive stop early in the game after James Smith put the Huskies in great position with a 48-yard punt return. Minnesota Crookston was able to halt St. Cloud State and force a field goal. Adam Stage got the Huskies on the board with 46-yard field goal.

    The Huskies added to their lead later in the first quarter as Dwayne Lawhorn connected with John Pass on a screen pass, which Pass was able to turn into a 27-yard touchdown reception to push the lead to 10-0.

    The Golden Eagles responded with a nine-play, 75-yard drive of their own on the next possession. Minnesota Crookston was propelled on the drive by a 37-yard hook up between Jalin Scott (Jr., QB, Houston, Texas) and Andy Groebner (Fr., WR, Andover, Minn.) to move the ball to the St. Cloud State 35. Minnesota Crookston would get into the end zone when Scott turned a broken play into a 26-yard touchdown rush to cut the deficit to 10-7.

    St. Cloud State extended their lead to 13-7 when Stage hit a 23-yard field goal after the Huskies were stopped deep in Minnesota Crookston territory.

    Minnesota Crookston was able to get the ball to the St. Cloud State 36 on their next time out guided by a 26-yard pass from Scott to Rod Stewart (Sr., WR, Fort Worth, Texas). However, the Golden Eagles would be stopped and forced to punt.

    St. Cloud State countered with an 11-play, 80-yard drive culminating in a five-yard touchdown run by Lewis.

    The Huskies would be able to extend their lead to 27-7 on a six-yard touchdown run by Curtwan Evans to end a 10-play, 75-yard drive.

    The Golden Eagles quickly responded their first play of the next drive as they used some trickery. Minnesota Crookston would use a double reverse with the ball ending up with back-up quarterback Tristan Robbins (Fr., QB, Muskegon, Mich.), who fumbled the ball and then delivered a 70-yard strike to fellow freshman Groebner who ran to pay dirt. The touchdown cut the lead to 27-14.

    St. Cloud State quickly halted the momentum for Minnesota Crookston as they had a big play of their own with Lawhorn connecting on a 70-yard touchdown pass to John Solberg to extend the advantage to 34-14.

    Minnesota Crookston was able to move the ball later in the second half as a 29-yard pass from Scott to Groebner guided their way to the St. Cloud State 14. The Golden Eagle drive would end with an interception by Jamari Manuel as he thwarted any chances Minnesota Crookston had at the win.

    St. Cloud State put a stamp on the win with a 64-yard touchdown pass from Lawhorn to Pass to extend the lead to 41-14, the score which they would win by.

    Minnesota Crookston will return to action on the road against Bemidji State University Sat., Sept. 15 at  4 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji, Minn.